Tonight I’m gigging in Nottingham. It’s a place I’ve done loads of gigs in over the years, and generally I’ve not had a bad time. It’s one of those places Nottingham though. It’s just a bit hard to get to. It’s not the furthest place from Manchester, but it’s not a place you ‘nip to’. Sheffield you can ‘nip to’. Leeds and Liverpool are easy, but Nottingham is a bit awkward. Like that spot right in the middle of your back. It’s not far enough to stay over, but it’s always late on when you get home.
Audiences are usually nice though. Despite not being the reported 6:1 female to men ratio that stupid people, stupid newspapers and stupid stag do companies keep trying to bang on about. Honestly. How could it be at all possible that a whole city can (within its metropolitan district) produce year after year six times more female births than male? Surely if that was the case then someone from the Severn-Trent water company would have at least been arrested? Some historians reckon the myth grew from the lace making industry, where huge numbers of women were shipped in from surrounding towns and villages during the week. Others reckon it stems from a whole village’s menfolk being enlisted in a single battalion during the the Great War and being wiped out out in one bloody terrible day at the Somme. My theory is that stag do companies reckon paint balling, off road biking and a few good pubs isn’t enough to drag in the reported 350 all male groups every weekend. They need to give them something extra. Like upping their odds of a fumble behind a Wetherspoons at half one in the morning.
Writing continues at a pace today, it’s Episode 4 – Draft 3 time and today Jim and I shall be struggling with things like, will this line survive the edit?
I’ll put the tight pants on but I draw the line at the headgear.
Then it’s TeaTime on Key 103 at 4. We’ve got a Sale Sharks player on the phone and Feel Good Friday after six.
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Have a lovely day.
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